Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative (NATC)

The Nevada Assistive Technology Collaborative and Aging and Disability Services Division provide for a variety of assistive technology (AT) services to support people to live more independently and within their communities. Supported through Grant Number NOA 90AG0008-01-00 from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Require Program Activities

State Level Activities must consist of at least 60 percent of the funds received by each state AT program unless the state claims flexibility and comparability for the services. Nevada must support the following activities:

  • State finance systems (includes alternative finance)
  • Device reutilization program
  • Device loan programs
  • Device demonstration programs

State Leadership Activities can utilize a maximum of 40 percent of the State’s federal allocation for the following required activities

  • Training and technical assistance
  • General awareness
  • Skills-development training
  • Use and application training
  • Assessment and implementation training
  • Technical integrating training
  • Transition assistance to individuals with disabilities– a minimum of 5 percent of the 40 percent must be directed to this area.
  • Public awareness
  • Communication between providers and users
  • Dissemination of information to targeted individuals
  • Statewide information and referral system
  • Coordination and collaboration (coordination with entities responsible for policies, procedures, or funding for AT devices and services)

State Financing Activities

Nevada offers a statewide financial loan program, the CARE Loan Fund Program, to help people with disabilities purchase AT devices. The loan program is a partnership between NATC, CARE Chest and two banking institutions. The loans are offered at lower interest rates and often for more years than a typical bank loan, thus making the loans more affordable. CARE Chest is also capable of making micro loans directly for lower cost AT.  Nevada has a statewide AT purchasing program for independent living, the Assistive Technology for Independent Living program (AT/IL) which provides AT to assist a person to live more independently. AT/IL provides devices, home, and vehicle modifications that are necessary for community living and where not the services are not available through other funding sources, i.e., Medicaid, insurance, Vocational Rehabilitation or education.

CARELoan Fund Program
Statewide; CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada
CARE Loan Coordinator
7910 N Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89506
(775) 829-2273 ext. 111
Fax: (775) 829-8745
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Northern Nevada; CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada
Bob Donnelly
Independent Living Specialist
7910 N Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89506
bdonnelly@carechest.com
Phone: (775) 829-2273 ext. 108
Fax: (775) 829-8745

Southern Nevada; Easter Seals Nevada
Lani Salazar
7351 W. Charleston Blvd. Ste. 120
Las Vegas, NV 89117
IL@eastersealsnevada.org
Main Office: (702) 677-3560
Fax: (702) 870-7616

Assistive Technology Device Loans

NATC community partners Easter Seals Nevada (ESN) in Las Vegas and University of Nevada- Reno’s NCED AT Resource Center in Reno offer short-term device loans. A variety of AT is available from aids for daily living and visual aids to technology for communicating better.  Devices loans are typically two weeks in duration.  The AT is loaned at no charge.  Individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers can borrow AT.

Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center

Scott Youngs, Project Director
Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center/ADA Nevada
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities
University of Nevada, Reno
775-682-9056
syoungs@unr.edu

EasterSeals Nevada
LaaRee Drawantz
Director of Assistive Technology
Easter Seals Nevada
6200 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702)-860-8263
laaree.drawantz@eastersealsnevada.org

Assistive Technology Device Demonstrations

NATC community partners Easter Seals Nevada (ESN) in Las Vegas and University of Nevada Reno’s NCED AT Resource Center in Reno offer device demonstration. Through community partners NATC provides an opportunity for individuals to compare the features and benefits of a particular AT device or devices, hands-on, with knowledgeable AT specialists. Individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers can visit the sites, or make arrangements for off-site demonstrations. The State Financed AT/IL programs coordinate demonstrations for AT when available through vendors and/or Reutilized AT.

Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center
Scott Youngs, Project Director
Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center/ADA Nevada
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities
University of Nevada, Reno
775-682-9056
syoungs@unr.edu

Easter Seals Nevada
LaaRee Drawantz
Director of Assistive Technology
Easter Seals Nevada
6200 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89146
(702)-860-8263
laaree.drawantz@eastersealsnevada.org

State Leadership Activities

NATC community partners with the University of Nevada-Reno’s NCED AT Resource Center and Easter Seals Nevada (ESN) to provide services to increase individual awareness of and access to Assistive Technology through state leadership activities.  NATC provides technical assistance statewide to ensure that AT resources are available and maximized.

Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center

Scott Youngs, Project Director
Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center/ADA Nevada
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities
University of Nevada, Reno
775-682-9056
syoungs@unr.edu

Easter Seals Nevada
LaaRee Drawantz
Director of Assistive Technology
Easter Seals Nevada
6200 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89146
(702)-860-8263
laaree.drawantz@eastersealsnevada.org